Flying Tonight Late April (Week 17)

The following is a list of the 15 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 17, late April, with the most common first.  A list of other species recorded in smaller numbers is included at the end. This data is taken from the county moth recorders database and has not been fully verified. For more information about each species please visit UK Moths website.

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Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17 Distribution map & phenology, click to see larger images
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 73.244 2187 456
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 73.249 2190 400
Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa 73.286 2167 376
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata 70.156 1852 217
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 209
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 73.069 2243 161
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 99
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica 72.022 2063 99
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 73.242 2188 78
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 2102 78
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 69
Dew Moth Setina irrorella 72.05 2036 53
Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis 73.247 2186 49
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 45
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 73.032 2425 34

Other species recorded in this week in smaller numbers (unverified data):

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Lunar Marbled Brown Drymonia ruficornis 71.011 2015 31
Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula 71.017 2007 28
Least Black Arches Nola confusalis 74.004 2078 28
Light Feathered Rustic Agrotis cinerea 73.316 2084 25
Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria 70.257 1936 24
Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac 71.013 2003 22
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 22
Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 73.045 2289 22
Streamer Anticlea derivata 70.067 1747 19
Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia 70.051 1724 18
Maiden’s Blush Cyclophora punctaria 70.036 1680 18
V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata 70.142 1858 17
Small White Wave Asthena albulata 70.111 1875 16
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 70.2 1883 16
Oak-tree Pug Eupithecia dodoneata 70.157 1853 15
Rustic Shoulder-knot Apamea sordens 73.158 2334 13
Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma 71.018 2006 12
Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda 72.015 2028 11
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 10
Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 73.001 2450 10
Mullein Cucullia verbasci 73.058 2221 10
Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula 71.027 2019 10
Common Swift Korscheltellus lupulina 3.002 17 9
Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 73.245 2182 9
Chinese Character Cilix glaucata 65.007 1651 9
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 1728 9
Six-belted Clearwing Bembecia ichneumoniformis 52.014 382 8
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria 70.248 1927 8
Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata 70.094 1759 8
Great Prominent Peridea anceps 71.016 2005 8
Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 70.237 1917 8
Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 73.241 2179 8
Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae 73.274 2154 7
Shoulder-stripe Earophila badiata 70.066 1746 7
Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata 70.208 1888 7
Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae 72.031 2069 7
Scalloped Hazel Odontopera bidentata 70.24 1920 6
Frosted Green Polyploca ridens 65.015 1660 6
Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda 73.25 2189 6
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 6
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda 72.02 2060 6
Broad-barred White Hecatera bicolorata 73.279 2164 6
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 6
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 73.317 2089 5
Spruce Carpet Thera britannica 70.079 1769 5
Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 70.183 1834 5
Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina 71.02 2011 5
Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata 70.207 1887 5
Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina 71.021 2008 4
Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 73.101 2380 4
Seraphim Lobophora halterata 70.198 1879 4
Yellow Belle Aspitates ochrearia 70.294 1968 4
Fern Horisme tersata 70.127 1782 4
White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria 70.16 1835 4
Common Wave Cabera exanthemata 70.278 1956 3
Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa 73.336 2139 3
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum 73.319 2087 3
Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius 71.012 2000 3
Sallow Kitten Furcula furcula 71.005 1997 3
Peppered Moth Biston betularia 70.252 1931 3
Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata 70.173 1825 3
Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi 69.003 1981 3
Puss Moth Cerura vinula 71.003 1995 3
White-point Mythimna albipuncta 73.297 2194 3
Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina 73.216 2318 2
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 70.1 1776 2
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 2107 2
Dark Tussock Dicallomera fascelina 72.016 2027 2
Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata 70.061 1738 2
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 2
Treble-bar Aplocera plagiata 70.192 1867 2
Dark / Grey Dagger Acronicta tridens/psi 73.0381 2284x 2
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata 70.106 1799 2
Pebble Hook-tip Drepana falcataria 65.005 1648 2
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 72.024 2064 2
Oblique Striped Phibalapteryx virgata 70.039 1718 1
Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata 70.103 1750 1
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 1764 1
Mottled Pug Eupithecia exiguata 70.184 1819 1
Small Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila porcellus 69.017 1992 1
Coronet Craniophora ligustri 73.047 2291 1
Grey Birch Aethalura punctulata 70.274 1951 1
Pine Hawk-moth Sphinx pinastri 69.007 1978 1
Dusky Brocade Apamea remissa 73.154 2330 1
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria 70.256 1935 1
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 1
Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata 70.202 1881 1
Drinker Euthrix potatoria 66.01 1640 1
Pretty Chalk Carpet Melanthia procellata 70.128 1784 1
Lunar Thorn Selenia lunularia 70.238 1918 1
Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata 70.087 1752 1
Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata 70.28 1958 1
Common White Wave Cabera pusaria 70.277 1955 1
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 1
Chamomile Shark Cucullia chamomillae 73.053 2214 1
Uncertain/Rustic agg Hoplodrina alsines/blanda 73.0961 2381x 1
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 1
Brown-tail Euproctis chrysorrhoea 72.012 2029 1
Nutmeg Anarta trifolii 73.255 2145 1
Currant Pug Eupithecia assimilata 70.182 1832 1
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 1
Small Engrailed Ectropis crepuscularia 70.271 1948 1
Reed Dagger Simyra albovenosa 73.035 2290 1
Small Purple-barred Phytometra viridaria 72.067 2470 1
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe ferrugata 70.052 1725 1
Small Waved Umber Horisme vitalbata 70.126 1781 1
Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata 69.002 1980 1
Speckled Yellow Pseudopanthera macularia 70.229 1909 1
Oak Beauty Biston strataria 70.251 1930 1
Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea 72.019 2061 1
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 1
Blossom Underwing Orthosia miniosa 73.243 2183 1
Lesser Treble-bar Aplocera efformata 70.193 1868 1
Toadflax Brocade Calophasia lunula 73.059 2223 1
Light Brocade Lacanobia w-latinum 73.263 2157 1
Campion Sideridis rivularis 73.276 2166 1
Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria 70.224 1904 1
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 1
Buttoned Snout Hypena rostralis 72.004 2480 1
Mother Shipton Euclidia mi 72.084 2462 1
Shears Hada plebeja 73.273 2147 1
Lead-coloured Pug Eupithecia plumbeolata 70.153 1814 1
Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata 70.151 1817 1
Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis 72.006 2478 1
Bordered Sallow Pyrrhia umbra 73.07 2399 1
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 1
Buff-tip Phalera bucephala 71.025 1994 1
Red-necked Footman Atolmis rubricollis 72.042 2039 1
Ochreous Pug Eupithecia indigata 70.171 1844 1
Maple Prominent Ptilodon cucullina 71.022 2009 1